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Would You Support a Product That Helps Beat the Breathalyzer?

Breathalyzer Equalizer is a product designed to reduce residual mouth alcohol.

A Buckhead billboard advertising a product to help drivers facing a breathalyzer test is stirring up controversy. According to a news report on WSBTV, the product, Breathalyzer Equalizer, neutralizes residual mouth alcohol. The product website explains, "Breathalyzer Equalizer is a powder made from all natural ingredients designed  specifically to absorb Residual Mouth Alcohol much faster than normal, helping to provide a more accurate reading of one's true Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC), thus significantly reducing the chances of a false DUI arrest or unnecessary detainment at roadside."

The product has been demonstrated on YouTube by a former state trooper who is now a company representative. WSBTV reports that a spokesperson with the Breathalyzer Equalizer said the product assists "people who are acting in a socially responsible manner, but might still fail a test and face thousands of dollars in legal fees and court costs."

Although the billboard reportedly reads, “Please drink responsibly,” people claim that is a contradiction. Mothers Against Drunk Driving believe the product and the billboard advertising it send a dangerous message. Police, however, point out that a failed breath is exam is only one of the components needed to make a drunken driving arrest.

The company was founded by a DUI attorney and a former DUI Task Force member, reportedly to assist the many people who are wrongly arrested because of elevated breath results even though not legally drunk.

So what do you think? Will this cut down on false arrests or will it just encourage irresponsible behavior?

Abelardo Casillas July 11, 2012 at 01:18 PM
Mouth washers could give a reading high enough that the breathalyser does not differentiate from an alcoholic beverage, and could get you in big trouble.
Vanzetta Evans (Editor) July 11, 2012 at 01:35 PM
I saw the story on WSB. The billboard was in a bar area and not in front of say, a dentist. There's a martini glass in the logo rather than a bottle of Listerine. I don't believe this product is just to mask the alcohol from mouthwash or breath sprays. Also, there are other factors police look for before pulling someone over for drunk driving like speeding and erratic driving. I don't think mouthwash will make you do that.
Kristi Reed (Editor) July 11, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Before suspected drunk drivers are even given a breathalyzer test, they are normally put through standard field sobriety tests. Basically, in most cases (unless there is some reason why the person cannot do SFSTs), the officer will have already decided whether or not the person is under the influence before using the breathalyzer. Plus, officers are allowed to ask for a breath and/or blood sample. This product certainly wouldn't fool a blood test.
Abelardo Casillas July 11, 2012 at 10:08 PM
I completely messed up on this one, I'm seen things, in a very different way, I guess that you are more accurate on most situations, but at the time I posted my comment I was influences by a series of recent news about Police abuse, I'm posting one as an example. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vtlhd1ZFkOA&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Racer X July 12, 2012 at 11:10 AM
I have a friend with a breathalyzer. He tested me after I had two beers over two hour period. I am 6'4" and weigh 190 pounds. When he tested me I had no buzz, passed field sobriety tests with flying colors but I blew at a level (just barely) that would have landed me in jail for DUI. I believe current DUI laws are as much for generating revenue as they are for public safety. I think this product is good for the responsible drinker and would be of no help to an actual drunk driver. If they were really concerned with public safety they should give people IQ tests and ban people under a certain level of intelligence from driving.
Elizabeth July 12, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Mike, some drunk drivers believe they are responsible drivers, otherwise, they would not get behind the steering wheel.
Barry Knott July 14, 2012 at 11:54 PM
The product is purported to prevent residual mouth alcohol from triggering a breathalyzer, but police are well aware of the possibility of mouth alcohol and provide sufficient time for mouth alcohol to dissipate before breathalyzing a suspect.The product is totally bogus.
Dwayne July 15, 2012 at 06:44 PM
I agree.. this product is not going to help them pass a field sobriety test. And breathalyzers don't pick up pharmaceuticals that may influence a driver's ability to drive does it? I don't see how this product can protect the guilty with the multiple tests given.
Dwayne July 15, 2012 at 07:02 PM
I just watched this video. I agree that there are problems in the system and that our public servants have too much discretion. They're allowed to lie and manipulate, then wonder why folks lost some trust in them or atleast some respect. However, I do not see how this video has anything to do with this product or topic. How did this video influence your post? Your post was good w/o the aid of this video lol. You made a good point. Breathalyzers may indeed pick up more than what they were directly intended for.
Racer X September 03, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Elizabeth- That is very true. And, the ones who know they are drunk and still drive are being very irresponsible. I'm just saying there is an alarming number of drivers who are inept at situational awareness and pose just as large a threat.

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